KUALA LUMPUR; Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan has directed his lawyers to start legal action against an online portal after it failed to issue a public apology for uploading a Voxpop video.
The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister has claimed that the video tarnished his reputation.
His legal team had issued a letter to Malaysiakini and its journalist Geraldine Tong on Nov 24 to demand an apology for creating and uploading the Voxpop video,
“I also demanded that Malaysiakini and Tong give their word that they will not publish, print or issue any words that can defame me,” said Abdul Rahman.
He added that he had received a reply from Malaysiakini dated Nov 27, but said that the response was not satisfactory.
“I have since instructed my lawyers to initiate legal action against the online portal with the intention to clear my name,” Abdul Rahman said in a statement.
He said that he decided to sue Malaysiakini as a reminder to online news portals to exercise care when publishing news and not to compromise on facts.
“I believe that online portals have a role to play as a form of check-and-balance, hence they must be responsible and report news in a transparent manner,” he said.
He had told a press conference on Nov 25 that he would be suing Malaysiakini for distorting his statement, adding that this resulted in him being ridiculed and criticised on social media.
Abdul Rahman had said the portal had had gone beyond reasonable journalistic ethics in its reporting and had damaged his reputation.
He said Malaysiakini had uploaded a video containing an edited version of a statement he gave at the World Town Planning Day on Nov 3.
“As a result of the video, I became a victim of public ridicule (by people) who did not receive complete information from Malaysiakini,” said Abdul Rahman.